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On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old man, killed 49 people and wounded 53 more in a mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States. Orlando Police officers shot and killed him after a three-hour standoff.

In a 9-1-1 call made shortly after the shooting began, Mateen swore allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and said the U.S. killing of Abu Waheeb in Iraq the previous month "triggered" the shooting.[2] He later told a negotiator he was "out here right now" because of the American-led interventions in Iraq and in Syria and that the negotiator should tell the United States to stop the bombing. The incident was deemed a terrorist attack by FBI investigators.

Pulse was hosting a "Latin Night", and most of the victims were Latino. It is the deadliest incident in the history of violence against LGBT people in the United States, as well as the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. since the September 11 attacks in 2001, and was the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history until the 2017 Las Vegas shooting.

On June 11, 2016, Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was hosting "Latin Night", a weekly Saturday night event drawing a primarily Latino crowd.[3][4] About 320 people were still inside the club, which was serving last call drinks at around 2:00 a.m. EDT on June 12.[5][6] At around the same time, Omar Mateen arrived at the club via rental van, parking it in the parking lot of a neighboring car shop.[1][7] He got out and walked toward the building armed with a SIG Sauer MCX[8] semi-automatic rifle and a 9mm Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol.[9][10][11][12] He was wearing a green, blue, and white plaid dress shirt, a white T-shirt underneath and tan cargo pants.[1] At 2:02 a.m., Mateen bypassed Officer Adam Gruler, a uniformed off-duty Orlando Police Department (OPD) officer working extra duty[13][14] as a security guard, entered the building through its southern entrance, and began shooting patrons.[1][5][6][15] Dozens were killed or severely injured inside the crowded nightclub, either directly or by ricochets.[1][16]

Gruler took cover and called in a signal for assistance. He told a Police Foundation assessment team that he had immediately recognized that his handgun would be no match for Mateen's rifle.[1] When he witnessed Mateen shooting two patrons attempting to escape through an emergency exit, Gruler fired shots at him.[1][15][17] In response, Mateen withdrew back into the nightclub and continued shooting victims as he traversed through the building, sometimes firing into bodies without checking whether they were already dead.[1] When additional officers arrived at the nightclub beginning at 2:04 a.m., Gruler shouted "[The gunman]'s in the patio!" and resumed firing at Mateen a minute later.[1][14][18] Two officers joined Gruler in engaging Mateen, who then retreated farther into the nightclub and "began a 'hostage situation'" in one of the bathrooms.[1][5][19][20] In less than five minutes, Mateen had fired approximately 200 rounds, pausing only to reload.[1]

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